At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 38 - 44 lbs.

Height: 18" - 22"

Life Span: 11 years

Greek Harehound

Also know as: Hellenic Hound, Hellenikos Ichnilatis

Group: Hound

Origin: Greece (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: Found primarily in Greece, the Greek Harehound evolved from ancient sight and scent hounds, and is thought to be a close relative to similar dogs found in the Balkans. The breed continues to be used today for hunting rabbit and wild boar in the rocky terrain of Northern Greece. Standards for the breed were developed in the 1950s and, in 1996, the Greek Harehound was the first Greek breed to be recognized by the Federation of International Canines.

Temperament / Behavior
This is a good-natured, independent breed. The Greek Harehound thrives on exercise, and will become destructive if caged or unable to exercise for extended periods of time. This breed is fast and powerful, and should only be raised by experienced handlers.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Greek Harehound requires frequent exercise due to its sporting / hunting nature. Long daily walks, jogs or runs are necessary to keep this breed physically fit and mentally alert.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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